SEATTLE – (Oct. 22) No. 18 Seattle University men’s soccer came away with a 1-0 win over Houston Baptist on Sunday night. The Redhawks celebrated their six-man senior class with a Western Athletic Conference (WAC) victory at Championship Field.
"I was pleased to see another shutout," said Coach Pete Fewing. "We have talent and we want to see that talent translate into more goals. We keep possession of the ball well, but when we shoot 36 times, we'd like to see more goals."
Seattle U (11-2-2, 5-0-2 WAC), looking to maintain pace with Air Force for first place in the WAC standings, was dominant from the start Sunday, asking an SAT’s worth of questions of the Huskies’ defense. In the first half, the Redhawks compiled 20 shots, including seven on goal. They possessed the ball for the vast majority of the frame, and in the 16th minute, SU earned a penalty kick. Alex Roldan’s line drive was saved, but Julian Avila-Good hustled by several HBU defenders and drilled a shot into the net for a 1-0 lead.
The home side kept the pressure up, but Houston Baptist (5-8-0, 2-6-0 WAC) kept it a one-goal difference at halftime.
In the second half, SU again slanted the field, racking up 16 shots, but the visitors stayed close, refusing to allow an insurance goal. The Redhawks put together a number of stellar chances, but Harrison Veith was there to allow the Huskies to remain competitive.
The Redhawks attempted nine corner kicks to zero for HBU. Josh Adachi made one save to collect his eighth shutout of the season.
Seattle U’s 36 shots are the most by a Redhawk squad since Oct. 5, 2007, when SU tallied 39 shots against the University of Mary.
Before the match, SU honored Josh Greene, Tyler John, Nick Prasad, Ozzie Ramos, Alex Roldan, and Medo Youssef. The senior class has won 51 games in their careers, including a 33-4-2 record at Championship Field.
SU wraps up its home schedule with a 9-1-1 record. It closes the regular season with three WAC road games, beginning on Friday at Grand Canyon.